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Integrated Systems Strengthening for Community Heath Extension Workers

Uganda is poised to increase its investment in community health workers. The Ministry of Health, with support from USAID & Pathfinder, will operationalize and implement the country’s new CHEW Strategy in one district, Mayuge, and build capacity of implementers at the community, district, and national level.

Project Date: 2016 - present
Funder: USAID
Country: Uganda
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Of the 179,175 Village Health Team members in Uganda, 30% of them did not have basic training

VILLAGE HEALTH TEAMS ASSESSMENT

The government of Uganda hopes to deploy 15,000 community health extension workers in five years

UGANDA MINISTRY OF HEALTH

Uganda has 1.55 health workers per 1,000 people (global target: 2.28)

UGANDA MINISTRY OF HEALTH

What We Do

  • Support the Ministry of Health as the country plans for a major shift from volunteer, part-time village health teams to full-time, paid CHEWs with formal, standardized pre-service training and health system support
  • Develop key tools and mechanisms to facilitate CHEW recruitment, training, and deployment processes, as well as monitoring and supervision plans
  • Provide technical assistance to district local government administration units and community health departments to ensure government buy-in and inclusion of the community health worker program budget at the national, district, and sub-county levels
  • Implement a series of monitoring and evaluation and implementation learning studies to better understand the CHEW implementation process

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